# Homework Help: Integral of Composition Functions

1. Oct 23, 2012

### kuskus94

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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2. Relevant equations

To subtitute x into U, but that did not work.

3. The attempt at a solution

I have tried subtituting x into U like this :

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The last two lines are my "goofing around" answer. :tongue2:

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2. Oct 23, 2012

### clamtrox

If you change variables, you have to change them all! You can't just leave some x's laying around. Now you have x=x(u) and you don't know how this integrates.

There is kind of a standard trick for any integral that looks like this, which is to first complete the square. What you want to do is to write the integrand into a form
$$\frac{dx}{\sqrt{A^2 - (B+Cx)^2}}$$
and then do a trigonometric substitution $B+Cx = A \sin t$

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